Hello friendly A to Z blog challenge participants and followers!
P is for Paper or Plastic? How do you prefer to read and write?
Do you like the feel of a paperback in your hands, the way you can riff the pages to a random point in the story, or watch how the the novel progresses from your right hand to your left? Do you dog-ear the top of the page where you left off? Do you have a special bookmark to hold your place, or will any ol’ slip of paper do?
Do you prefer e-reading all your books? Do you like having your entire library in the palm of your hand? Do you find the convenience of instant purchase and download better suited to your needs than trudging down to the store or waiting on delivery?
For me, I find I definitely prefer the tactile experience of reading, of skimming my fingertips along the cover, holding the words in my hands and breathing in the essence of book.
I have a NOOK, the small black and white version, and while I enjoy the immediacy of downloading a novel, I still miss pinching the right side of an open paperback to gauge how much story is left.
How about the writers out there, do you write your stories using paper and pen? Do you like the way the pulp soaks up the ink, or the way your writing utensil embosses the page with your penmanship?
Or do you prefer the speed of typing, of clickity clicking away on the keyboard while the idea flows from your mind to your fingertips?
My writing style varies with each project.
I find I always start with pen and paper. Something about the pace of hand writing as well as the permanence of pen on paper seems to encourage my ideas to flow. There’s no DELETE key with pen (only scratch outs, but I can still read through those, hehe!), no COMMAND S to worry about with saving a document. Just me, my pen and the blank paper before me waiting for the transfer of thoughts and ideas.
But! With as much as I love the fluidity of expression that paper provides me, I inevitably end up on my little netbook to type of the first draft, hehe!
So, how about you guys? What’s your reading and writing preference? Paper or plastic?